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Nourishing healthy brains through movement and music

Blooming Bébé offers developmental movement and music classes for infants and toddlers ages 2 months to 4 years. Our mission is to nourish healthy minds and bodies through support and bonding. Classes are designed to build confidence and body awareness through movement and rhythm.

Movement is the key to stimulating brain development in young children. Our movement classes promote early cognition, physical agility and emotional well-being using dance, dynamic mind-body exercises, nursery rhymes, and an array of instruments and props. We provide caregivers with information that enables an appreciation of their child’s developmental stage and touch techniques to ensure safe and continuous progress.

The benefits of early music education include accelerated speech development, communication and motor skills. Our drum and percussion class provides children with an immersive and interactive musical experience focused on developing rhythm and coordination. 

The Blooming Bébé experience is engaging, education and incredibly fun. We invite you to learn more about our programs and to become a part of our community!

Blooming Bébé was created by Courtney Corbin-Simon, a mother, former professional dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator through the School for Body-Mind Centering.

did you know?

Children develop thinking skills, social and emotional skills and self-confidence through movement.

Our Founder

Courtney Corbin-Simon is a body-in-motion, who has more than 25 years of classical and modern dance training and performance.

Immediately upon seeing her movements and musical interpretations, Sylvia Waters knew, "Courtney had to dance for Alvin Ailey."  Corbin-Simon traveled the world for more than 6 years dancing for Ailey II and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Movement, interpretation, skill and talent are the basics you need to perform for Ailey.  Corbin-Simon exceeded those expectations in signature pieces as Billie Holiday in "Portrait of Billie Holiday" and as the lead in "Revelations," Ailey's most prized and notable original choreography.

Today, as a mother, Corbin-Simon has taken her years of classical training and performing to develop an expertise in developmental movement, the natural  movement patterns that enhance a baby's cognitive thinking and agility.  

With her many years of performance, Courtney-Simon also has:

BFA, Fordham University                                                                              
Certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME)
Actress, Nickelodeon's pilot "The Backyardigans"
Certified, baby CPR

Courtney's experience as a Certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME) allows her to create an enriching bonding experience for both parent/caregiver and child.

did you know?

- Courtney was a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

- She was a cartoon character on Nickelodeon's show the Backyardigans

- She is an IDME

What is IDME?

IDME is a child-centered, interactive approach that uses non-invasive facilitation to support infants in exploring their optimal potential. In this approach, you will first learn how to observe your infant’s natural rhythms and understand what peaks their curiosity and intentions. By following your baby’s cues, you will learn new ways to interact with your child in a manner that reduces overstimulation and promotes physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

All of my friend’s babies are walking! My baby does not like tummy time. My baby is not crawling because he is lazy. My baby gets bored easily. What can I do to entertain my baby?

Infant Developmental Movement Education (IDME) addresses these concerns in a manner that respects and promotes your child’s natural progression of development.

All IDME’s (Infant Developmental Movement Educators) are trained and certified by the School for Body – Mind Centering. IDME training includes over 500 hours of course work, observations and sessions and takes several years to complete.

Why does this information matter?

Did you know that nearly 400,000 children between the ages of 3 and 9 in the USA receive intervention services for developmental delays? An Infant Developmental Movement Educator is trained to identify potential developmental risks and will advise on next steps. IDME is a preventative method that will teach you how to empower your child by physically handling and interacting with them in ways that promote healthy lifelong habits.